Annual Report 2018

Hellabrunn Zoo continues to break attendance records with more than 2.6 million visitors passing through its gates in 2018. This makes the zoo one of the most popular attractions in Bavaria. Animal lovers who visit the zoo always return again and again: 72,000 annual passes were sold in 2018, representing a 16 per cent increase on the previous year. Other highlights of the year include the completion of the first construction phase of the Mühlendorf village, the revamping of the visitors hall in the Orangutan and Drill House, and copious new births. Münchener Tierpark Hellabrunn AG looks back on a successful financial year 2018 –in particular its zoological, commercial and architectural progress.

Facts & figures for FY 2018

  • Hellabrunn Zoo had a successful financial year in 2018 with a record-breaking 2,680,201 visitors.
  • Sales of annual passes increased year on year: 72,034 annual passes were sold in 2018, representing an increase of 16.31 per cent.
  • As one of the most species-rich zoos in Europe, Hellabrunn Zoo was home to 18,431 animals from 740 species in the financial year 2018.

Animal inventory 2018

No. of individuals















ca. 8,700






ca. 1,700


Other invertebrates

ca. 5,900


Total inventory





  • The most significant construction project at the zoo focused on the Mühlendorf village. The first completed section of the village was opened in July 2018.
    • Stables with native breeds (incl. endangered), village shop, farmer's garden, fish farm and beer garden
    • Education, incl. learning stations such as Evolution of Wild Species into Domestic Animals
    • In-situ wildlife conservation project on the fish farm
    • Hellabrunn’s Mühlendorf village is recognised as an official project of the UN Decade of Biodiversity

  • Other important construction projects in 2018
    • Laying of the foundation stone of the Zoo School (second construction phase of the Mühlendorf)
    • Visitors hall between the orangutan and drill enclosures with interactive educational display
    • Bull proofing of the elephant paddock
    • Renovation of the historic Monkey Gate
    • Refurbishment and modernisation of the veterinary clinic

  • Significant breeding successes for species conservation
    • Sloths, red pandas, fishing cats, as well as seahorses.
  • Important new arrivals
    • Meerkat group (currently four individuals), giraffe Zawadi, a panther chameleon, a lesser mouse-deer and four raccoons.
    • Since its opening in summer 2018, the Mühlendorf village has been home to the following new species: kunekune pigs, Genter bearded rabbits, Steinbacher fighting geese, Appenzeller chickens, Meissner Lops, fire salamanders, grass snakes etc.
  • Zoo tours and seminars
    • There were 357 Meet Your Favourite Animal adventures, 615 guided tours and 471 children's birthdays. In total, around 13,500 visitors participated in the guided tours offered by the zoo.
  • Media presence
    • Hellabrunn Zoo featured a total of 5,438 times in the print, online, TV and radio media during the financial year 2018.
    • The Hellabrunn Zoo Facebook site had 51,254 followers at the end of the year, compared to 47,801 followers on 1 January 2018. This represents an increase of approximately seven percent.
    • Instagram (launched in 2017): The account now has 7,437 followers, representing an increase of 220 per cent compared to the end of 2017.
    • YouTube channel: Grew in 2018 from 1,500 subscribers to 2,400 subscribers.




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